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Chakkara Pongal

Padma Rekha
0 minutes
Prep Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Chakkara Pongal RECIPE

Chakkara pongal is a traditional sweet In South India and also one of the important prasadams (offering) for Lord Venkateswara in Tirupati. Especially in Dhanurmasam [December15th-January 15th), the Sagittarius month in the Hindu calendar] in vishnava temples [lord Vishnu temples] priests perform pooja early morning and offer this Chakkara Pongal to Lord Vishnu. In my home, my grandmother and my mom use to make this prasadam every Friday and offer it to Goddess Lakshmi . We call this sweet dish as deevudi pongal.

Recipe Tags

  • Egg-free
  • Festive
  • Andhra Pradesh
  • Dessert

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. Rice- 1 cup
  2. Moong dal- 1/4 cup
  3. Jaggery- 3/4 cup
  4. cardamom powder- 1/2 tsp
  5. Milk- 2 cups
  6. Water- 1 and 1/2 cup + 1/2 cup more
  7. Ghee- 4 tbsp
  8. cashew nuts- 10, broken into pieces
  9. Raisins- 10


  1. Mix the rice and dal together and wash it 2 times, then add 1 and 1/2 cup water, 2 cups of milk and cook it till its soft.
  2. Add 1 tbsp ghee to the cooked rice and dal mixture, mash it with a spoon a little and set aside.
  3. Add water to the jaggery and boil it till the raw smell disappears (this is to remove any mud or stones in the jaggery). Strain it well.
  4. Bring back the jaggery syrup to the heat and make a syrup of a single string consistency. Now add the cooked rice and dal mixture to the jaggery syrup and reduce the heat to low. Mix well to combine every thing together.
  5. Heat the remaining ghee in a pan, fry the cashews and raisins, add it to the rice mixture, add cardamom powder and give it a good stir. (If you like a rich taste then add two more tbsp of ghee on top and serve.)
  6. Chakkara pongal is ready to be served.

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Sunita Johri
Sunita Johri   Aug-18-2016

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